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Poster: steam locomotive Date: Apr 27, 2013 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

Thanks all for the recommendations. Interesting how many top versions seem to come from '71. The Dead had this funny way of hitting a song's peak almost at the start. Kinda like Eyes in '73.

I can also say that after years of not really "getting" '71, I can hear it now -- kinda like the Velvet Underground on Loaded, there's a world's-greatest-bar-band feel to them that year.

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Apr 27, 2013 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

1971 is all about energy and 'air' in the music.

The best Bertha solo from Jerry is the one on Skull and Roses, by a long mile.

This post was modified by Jacky Hughes on 2013-04-27 20:37:14

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 27, 2013 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

>The best Bertha solo from Jerry is the one on Skull and Roses, by a long mile.

+1

My only caveat is I know they touched up the audio for album release, but I don't know if his solo was 'enhanced'.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Apr 27, 2013 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

The Skull and Roses version is from 4/27 and from what I hear it seems untouched outside of Merl's organ part being added.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaYfA7tfT1g

http://archive.org/details/gd1971-04-27.sbd.miller.114461.flac16

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 27, 2013 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

You're not allowed to leave the room until you hear THIS Bertha solo--best ever:

http://archive.org/details/gd1977-10-29.sbd.miller.92085.sbeok.flac16